Tuesday Twitter roundup

Kicking the can a very short distance down the road:

Which hopefully is the full answer to this:

I've been following his education columns for years, and Keung Hui is usually fairly reserved in his observations on politics. But after watching the GOP (especially in the Senate) operate for the last 5-6 years, I'd say he's probably right in this assessment. Republicans are determined to perpetuate their narrative that traditional public schools are wasting money, so they're bound to add some onerous restrictions and/or reporting requirements in this bill, that may end up hurting more than the actual lack of funding. I'm writing this on Monday (late morning), so we'll see soon enough.

The newest "fresh face" in the faux-Libertarian Art Pope corral. Just the phrase "student intolerance" is enough to expose the logical (and Constitutional) fallacies in their argument, because the students are not a part of the authority structure on college campuses. They are individuals, subject to the authority of the institutions (university and state government) with which they interact. As such, the 1st Amendment doesn't apply to them, it applies to said university and government. And they are about to violate it.

Constant vigilance is required:

Some of the ugliest policy proposals around came back for another round of stinking up the General Assembly’s policy debate atmosphere last week. They were this year’s incarnations of bills to stop development of renewable electricity projects, and to gut local restrictions on the proliferation of ugly, intrusive billboards.

House Bill 745 would freeze the state’s requirement for the percentage of renewable energy to be included in the electric generation mix at its current level, instead of allowing it to increase over time as provided for in current law. Proponents of maintaining reliance on fossil fuels for power argue that the renewable energy requirement increases costs for consumers. The NC Sustainable Energy Association, however, says that electric customers have already saved $162 million due to the current law, which has resulted in $2.6 billion in investments in renewable energy and 26,000 new jobs in North Carolina. HB 745 is similar to bills that have been defeated during the past two legislative sessions.

Fossil fuel interests spend hundreds of millions every year fighting renewable energy, and those lawmakers who play their game should be ostracized, and given their walking papers by the voters. It's bad enough to support polluting the environment, but using lies and deception to do it is unforgivable. Or should be, anyway.

No they don't, you jackass. When felons are detected with firearms, they are either taken into custody or shot on sight. "Impunity: noun. exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action." The truth is, allowing more people to carry in public just makes it harder for law enforcement to keep firearms out of the hands of convicted felons. Don't believe me? Ask the police and sheriffs. Oh, that's right, you don't really care what they think.

Just going to put this here without comment:

In February, Brenden was invited to a dinner where he got to meet Forest. “As soon as you got up the stairs, what happened?” Diana asks her son. “The lieutenant governor was there,” Brenden says. “And he came up to you,” Diana continues proudly. “The minute we came up the stairs, (he) said ‘Brenden! Come here, nice to meet you.’ There wasn’t a person who didn’t leave that place without one of his business cards.”

At the heart of Brenden’s anti-bullying campaign is his own experience. Especially in elementary school, Diana says, Brenden was bullied often. It affected his concentration, she says, and he wasn’t able to reach his potential. With the virtual academy, she says, he’s able to escape bullies. He’s able to focus, to write books and to work against bullying.

“A lot of kids, brick and mortar, it works for them,” says Diana. “Kudos! It just turns out that for our child, the opportunity for the Virtual Academy brought out all this.”

Did I say I wasn't going to comment? Well, I lied. I'm really happy this kid is flourishing and writing, but this article is not about improving the bullying problem, it's about running away. It's about promoting the idea of taking your child out of contact with other children, while also fueling the education privatization machine. And yes, using a child as a prop for that. Dan Forest has absolutely no shame.

Whaaat? Civitas lacking pertinent data? Yes, that was snarkasm.

Because Burr is (and always has been) nothing more than a political hack. And he knows when he stops doing that, all the money will dry up.

I really do hate Twitter, and dislike people who think butchering the English language makes it "EZ 4 U 2 Read." Grrr.

Andy Wells is as dumb as a bag of rocks. Not the cool rocks, either, the dull sedimentary kind.

Also as dumb as a bag of rocks:

The former "king of cable news" released a free edition of his "No Spin News" podcast Monday night, telling his legions of followers: "Hey, I missed you guys."

"I am sad that I'm not on television anymore. I was very surprised how it all turned out. I can't say a lot, because there's much stuff going on right now," O'Reilly said of his ouster.

"But I can tell you that I'm very confident the truth will come out, and when it does, I don't know if you're going to be surprised - but I think you're going to be shaken, as I am. There's a lot of stuff involved here," he said.

I believe the phrase is "stuff and nonsense." As in, a whole lot of misdirection and innuendo on the part of O'Reilly, as he tries to put his Humpty Dumpty career back together.

Which appears to have about 7 Democrats helping it along. *sigh*

On that infuriating note, here's your Onion:

It does make the bus or train ride seem a lot longer than it should be...